There’s a destination on California’s Central Coast with everything that a wine tourist looking for classic California could ask for. The destination is Pismo Beach.
Travel the world, and you won’t find any place quite like this. The dramatic windswept cliffs, pristine coves, white sandy beaches, quaint towns, and rolling vineyards of San Luis Obispo County will give you reason after reason to pull off the road to explore.
A passion for the French province of Alsace and the desire to create delightfully different wines inspired Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill to found their boutique winery in 1983.
The Edna Valley’s modern day history began in 1973, when the winery’s founder, Jack Niven, planted Paragon Vineyard, dedicated to Chardonnay.
Named to honor the natural predators that helped clear the way for its founding, Kynsi Winery was born in 1995.
The delightfully cozy Apple Farm Inn offers 104 welcoming guest rooms, each with its own fireplace.
Located in the jewel box village of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo wine country, Avila Lighthouse Suites provides guests an ideal home away from home as they explore this enchanting beach area.
With a splendid oceanfront location and all the luxuries one dreams of, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is an ideal getaway for couples, families, and executive groups.
Located on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, the cozy guest rooms at Cottage Inn by the Sea feature fireplaces and flat screen TVs.
Located in the quaint, seaside village of Cambria—home to 30 art galleries, a delightful coastal walkway, and many restaurants—FogCatcher Inn is a great place to completely relax.
This upscale beachfront property offers rooms and suites with stunning views from private patios.
With a unique collection of charming inns along the California coast, Pacifica Hotels provide guests an array of lovely places to stay and add some fresh ocean air to their wine tasting experience.
Casually elegant and situated in the center of a twenty-three-mile stretch of warm California beach, SeaVenture Resort provides guests with a quiet, intimate beachfront retreat.
Resting atop hot mineral springs and spanning more than 100 acres, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is just moments away from the quaint village of Avila Beach and close to over 300 wineries.
Standing on the cliffs above pristine Shell Beach, The Cliffs Resort offers 160 newly renovated guest rooms including 24 oceanfront suites.
Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.
Gourmet Deli at Sextant Wines
Koberl at Blue
Meze Wine Café & Market
Rooster Creek Tavern
Claiborne & Churchill
Laetitia Vineyards & Winery
Alegria Wine and Ware
Avila Wine and Roasting Company
Gather Wine Bar
Luis Wine Bar
Tastes of the Valleys
Avila La Fonda Hotel
Avila Lighthouse Suites
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
El Colibri Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fog Catcher Inn
Pelican Inn & Suites
The Cliffs Resort
WEDDINGS & EVENTS
Apple Farm’s Wine Country Inn
Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
Santa Margarita Ranch
Saucelito Canyon Vineyard
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
The Casitas Estate
Settled halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the San Luis Obispo County is defined by its quaint and colorful seaside living. The charming ocean-side towns of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach make San Luis Obispo County the perfect destination for wine lovers and travelers alike. Beautiful hills and valleys appear as you move further inland, including the world renowned Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys.
The marine climate of the San Luis Obispo County enriches the production of wine growing in the region, resulting in an unusually long growing season for wine grapes. This extended growing season produces a wide and rich array of flavors, which in turn creates memorable and delicious wine experiences that can only be found in the San Luis Obispo County. The perfect temperature and long growing season define the San Luis Obispo County as one of the premier wine-growing regions of the world.
The city of San Luis Obispo is the epicenter of the San Luis Obispo County, but short drives north and south of the city deliver world class dining, drinking and visiting experiences. A short drive north of San Luis Obispo is the historic Hearst Castle and an even shorter drive south will result in delicious a clam chowder bread bowl from the world famous Splash Café in Pismo Beach. Picturesque ocean views, world-class wine and fun tourist attractions make San Luis Obispo County a premier wine and travel destination.
In the heart of California’s Central Coast, the Classic California town of Pismo Beach is living the dream. And for dog lovers, there’s even more to love about the Pismo Beach area: dogs who practice good petiquette rule!
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Ideally situated in the heart of California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County(SLO)is a natural wonderland waiting to be explored. You’ll be delighted by the flavors you discover and you’ll likely learn a thing or two about pairing a perfect dish with a perfect food.
San Luis Obispo County is full of sweet spots worth discovering. Here are some not to miss.
Touring & Tasting's exclusive interview with Edna Valley Vineyard's Josh Baker.
Known for its wonderful wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, San Luis Obispo (SLO) wine country is made up of rolling hills and valleys, crossroad country villages, coastal towns, historical sites, and plenty of great places to picnic along the way.
The words “California dreaming” create an idyllic scene. We picture a strong, sturdy pier jutting out from a white pristine beach, inviting, surfable waves, graceful pelicans soaring above, and happy people enjoying it all.
If you’re looking for an authentic California experience boasting untouched natural beauty, farm fresh cuisine, 200+ wineries, and an extensive variety of things to do, please read on.
Today Paso Robles is home to more than 2,200 acres of Rhone varieties and boasts the largest acreage of Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne in the state of California.
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Upcoming events at the Apple Farm Inn. Wine country hospitality, comfortable deluxe lodging, and honest value are the guiding principles behind the Apple Farm Inn, one of San Luis Obispo's hotels that embodies a true atmosphere of tranquility. Combining the charm of wine country inns with the modern conveniences of a luxury hotel, Apple Farm Inn offers the best in San Luis Obispo lodging.
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Calling all Sea Glass enthusiasts, Sea Glass craftspeople and Sea Glass jewelers and artists! Come discover why sea glass collecting is so popular on coasts all over the world. Cayucos Chamber of Commerce is hosting this exciting Central Coast event by the beach. Vendors from around the nation will be selling and displaying their sea glass treasures and creations.
Enjoy great food, our world-class wine country, and ocean views. This outstanding event brings together delicious local food and superb central coast wineries - all in one exceptional location on the cliﬀs overlooking the sea in Pismo Beach - Classic California. For more information & tickets: pismochamber.com
This classic surf and wine event celebrates the best of San Luis Obispo County. Combining the fun, laid back atmosphere of the wine country and unique surf culture, enjoy four days of unforgettable events evoking the magic of wine and waves. These events take place at numerous scenic venues throughout San Luis Obispo County. All proceeds go to support the Association of Amputee Surfers (AmpSurf). For more information & tickets: winewavesandbeyond.com
The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach is the new home of The 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium, the country's premier event for education and celebration of Chardonnay wines. The Symposium brings together winemakers, wine journalists, and food & wine enthusiasts from all over the world to taste, explore, and to learn and enjoy, everything there is to know about this often misunderstood grape. For more information & tickets: thechardonnaysymposium.com
The Avila Beach Tequila Festival is a relatively new event to Avila to replace the beer fest. It pairs amazing tequila, local food, killer music and tons of fun under the Avila sun! It takes place each year on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at the Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove.
The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival blows into town on May 25 & 26 in San Ramon Central Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. The festival includes over 150 arts & crafts booths, entertainment on 4 stages, kite-flying demos, free kite making workshops provided by Hills Physician Medical Group, kids' activities, a non-profit info alley, displays and more!
The Classic brings in thousands of people and cars and 18 wheelers from large companies like Mothers Polish, GM Performance, Ford Motor Company, 7-Eleven, Budweiser and many more! The show began in the early 80’s and continues to bring in the hottest classic cars each year to the tiny but serene central coast town of Pismo Beach, CA.